Luke 17: 5-10
The apostles said to the
Lord, "Increase our faith!" The Lord replied, "If you
had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could
say to this mulberry tree, ´Be uprooted and planted
in the sea,´ and it would obey you.” Who among
you would say to your slave who has just
come in from plowing or tending sheep in the
field ´Come here at once and take your place at
the table´? Would you not rather say to him,
´Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve
me while I eat and drink; later you may
eat and drink´? Do you thank the slave for doing
what was commanded? So you also, when you have
done all that you were ordered to do, say,
´We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we
ought to have done!´"
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you
are the master of the universe, and yet you
wish to listen to me and guide me. You know
all things past, present and future, and yet you
respect my freedom to choose you. Holy Trinity, you
are completely happy and fulfilled on your own, and yet
you have generously brought us into existence. You are
our fulfillment. Thank you for the gift of yourself.
I offer the littleness of myself in return, knowing you
are pleased with what I have to give.
Petition: Lord Jesus, grant me the faith of an
1. Supersize it! We live a “supersize” mentality. Everything
has to be big: our food orders at McDonalds, our
houses, cars, etc. We need to “supersize” our faith
in Jesus. He has the power of doing that
for us if we request it with all sincerity and
humility. At the same time, we need to exercise
the faith we have, especially when the temptation to doubt
God increases. Our faith deepens in the measure in
which we apply it in all the different circumstances
of our life.
2. Believing: As Jesus states, we often
want praise or thanks from others because we have
done our duty. Yet, we were only doing what
we ought to have done. No praise or thanks is
needed, since we have done nothing more than what
was expected. Rather than look for recognition, praise, or
thanks, we should see ourselves as humble servants in
search of greater faith every day.
3. Worthless Slaves …Us? No
one wants to feel worthless. We all seek to
be valued and esteemed, to be needed in some way
by others. We strive hard to achieve this esteem
from family and friends. However, in our relationship with
God our Father, things are often different. We do
the minimum in order to get by spiritually. With God’s
grace we need to strive to go beyond the
minimum, giving ourselves with love and without reservation or
fear. It is not that God will somehow value us
more; in fact, he already loves us incredibly deeply.
Our efforts in the spiritual life are simply a
response to God’s love. Paradoxically, the more we humbly seek
to respond to God’s love by doing his will
in our lives, the more we experience the greatness
of his love.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, help
me to place all my trust and faith in
you. I don’t always trust, and this is when my
fears and anxieties take over. I want to put
these aside and place myself in your hands. In
doing this I will be able to serve you better.
Resolution: Today I will put more effort
in doing the ordinary things of the day in
an extraordinary way, out of love for Jesus.